Hey there! My name is Michael Preston and I'm an audio engineer, producer, and Avid certified Pro Tools user.
I work in all styles and genres and am dedicated to delivering superb quality.
I got my start in audio working as an intern while still in high school. I quickly rose through the ranks and in a matter of months was working as an in-house engineer and producer. Currently, I freelance at various studios in the Washington, D.C. area and work with a wide range of local and mid-atlantic artists.
Credits Logic, EGOVERT, Smokepurpp, Astrus*, Wassup Rocker, Cash Bently, Austin Skinner, Tay Money, Big Winn, Butch Dawson, Moxas, MANNY SÁNCHEZ, The Khan, 1nonly, Wifigawd, Brennan Savage, lilbubblegum, and more.
I mix and master inside and outside of the box using a combination of analog and digital gear. My studio and computer is integrated with the UAD Console control system and is stocked full of plugins by brands such as Synchro Arts, Waves, Celemony, Sonnox, UAD, Izotope, Soundtoys, and much more!
I am also a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist with training in music composition, jazz theory, arranging, and songwriting.
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Interview with Michael Preston (Presto)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: When I was in high school my band Hungry on Monday's album Hideaway was a project I had the pleasure of overseeing from the first moment something was recorded until we sent the final masters off for CD manufacturing. It was really inspiring to have the much influence over a project from start to finish.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I'm a huge fan of hybrid mixing and also just using whatever you can get your hands on.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the last 90% of every project when all the final pieces come to together and you get to kick back and watch the magic happen almost spontaneously.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm not a magician!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap, rock, pop and jazz
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The heart of my home setup consists of an Apollo Twin Mark 2, 8P, and Arrow which I have interfacing with Pro Tools 12. I have a pair of Yamaha HS8s and Adam TV7s that I swap between, but most of my work is done in-the-box.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: These days I spend most of my time either balancing and polishing tracks as a mixing engineer or arranging and making beats as a producer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Flying Lotus, Manny Marroquin, Noah Shebib, and Hiatus Kaiyote are just a few groups and individuals that have heavily influenced me.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a well developed and attentive ear for detail and nuance in almost every aspect of music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Distortion is your friend!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Adaptable and attentive.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I really like to get to know my client's musical background and influences so that I can put myself in their shoes while I'm working on their music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: A lot of my clients have questions about what file types they will need to upload to streaming services. I always provide a variety of files after mastering to ensure the media is full compatible with all current music platforms.